Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Breakfast Quinoa with Chai-Spiced Almond Milk

Recipe from
Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen
Makes 1 large serving
(482 calories)

For a little breakfast variety, cook up some of this tasty quinoa and add your favorite toppings.  Quinoa is full of protein and will help you get through your busy morning.

½ cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Chai tea bag
½ Tablespoon coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar or maple syrup)

Unsweetened coconut
Banana slices
More unsweetened almond milk, warmed

Before cooking, be sure to rinse the quinoa really, really well; until the water runs pretty clear.  This removes the saponin (quinoa’s natural coating), which can make quinoa taste bitter.
In a small saucepan, combine the almond milk, quinoa, and chai tea bag.  Bring to a boil.  Once the almond milk is boiling, remove the chai tea bag.  Add the coconut sugar (if using) and stir.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the quinoa, covered for about 15-20 minutes.
When the quinoa is done, remove from the heat and keep it covered for another 5 minutes so that quinoa fully absorbs the almond milk.
To serve, put the quinoa in a bowl with a little more almond milk (if desired.)  Add some pecans, coconut, and a sprinkling of cinnamon.  You can also add some sliced banana for a very hearty breakfast. 

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